The duality of the Inanimate
Mörike Kerner Vischer
On the 125th anniversary of the Historical Association, the new special exhibition shows objects from the estates of the three Ludwigsburg poets Eduard Mörike, Justinus Kerner and Friedrich Theodor Vischer, which are in the collection of the Ludwigsburg Museum.
In the second half of the 19th century, the citizens of Ludwigsburg saw their city as a “city of poets”. To make this image known beyond the city frontier, they founded the historical association in 1897. They asked the descendants of the writers Eduard Mörike, Justinus Kerner and Friedrich Theodor Vischer, who were born in Ludwigsburg, for memorabilia and thus laid the foundation for the town’s historical collection. In the 1920s, furniture and everyday objects were arranged into “poet’s rooms”, in the Favorite Palace. These rooms were the starting point for a magnificent pantheon dedicated to the poets.
The exhibition focuses on the material testimonies from the life of the writers and puts them in dialogue with their work, with the texts of letters and drawings by the authors. What can the memorabilia tell you about the former owners and their work? Where do they appear in literary works and what relationship did the authors develop to the objects?
The experiences of industrialization and political upheavals at the beginning of modernity did not necessarily lead to an objective handling of the world of things. On the contrary, under the eyes of a writer, objects could develop an active life of their own and express human insecurity. For the stubborn thing, Vischer coined the term "the duality of the inanimate".
Anyone who knows from personal experience that buttered bread always falls butterface down, that toppling, lost or otherwise resistant things sometimes turn everyday life into a slapstick theatre suitable for comedy, knows about the insidiousness of the object. But things aren't always malicious. Everyday objects can also be jokers, loyal companions, or reliable witnesses. This is shown not least by the objects in the new exhibition.
Visit for schools & group tours
The Ludwigsburg Museum offers guided tours for the exhibition. Tours for school groups and educational institutions are free of charge from Tuesday to Friday mornings. This is possible on your own or with a museum guide. Group tours are possible on request at any time.
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